Turkey sends corpse of shot down pilot back to Russia: reports

By AFP
Published: November 30, 2015
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Pro-Turkey demonstrators rally outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul, against Russia's Syria policy, on November 24, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Pro-Turkey demonstrators rally outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul, against Russia's Syria policy, on November 24, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA: Turkey on Monday sent back to Russia the corpse of a pilot killed when his plane was shot down by the Turkish air force for allegedly violating its air space on the Syrian border, reports said.

A special flight carrying the corpse of Oleg Peshkov left Ankara airport for Russia, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported, without giving further details.

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His body had at the weekend been taken from Syria to southern Turkey and then flown to Ankara.

Both pilots aboard the Su-24 war plane ejected and parachuted to the ground on the Syrian side of the border after being shot down by Turkish F-16s in the November 24 incident.

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Peshkov was killed in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained while the second pilot, Konstantin Murakhtin, was rescued unharmed and has already spoken to Russian media.

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